Thousands celebrate the Fourth at 50th annual West Peoria parade

Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 5:30 PM CDT
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WEST PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Thousands celebrated the Fourth of July at the 50th annual 4th of July Parade in West Peoria.

Organizers say about 80 floats participated in the parade, which traveled a winding route through the West Peoria streets and neighborhoods. The parade was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

The parade included floats from several local businesses, restaurants, boy and girl scout troops and more. Margie Barnes was a parade float judge and says her favorite float was the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

“It’s great to be back,” Barnes said. “I love the parade every year and it’s a great time to be here.”

Paradegoers say some of their favorite things to see were the fire trucks and floats honoring veterans. Several kids said their favorite part of the day is the fireworks.

Bob Zeller grew up in Peoria and is visiting from out-of-state. He said this is one of the best parades he’s ever attended.

“We used to have parades all the time, but this one here is good. Excellent!” Zeller said.

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